Amp Camp Amp Kit
A Beautiful "Class A" Amplifier Kit
Dual monoblocks. Easy to Build. Everything included.
Parts kit $149. Dual monoblock chassis $149/pr. Complete kit just $269.
It's not just a kit, it's an education - here's why you'll fall in love with this project:
It can take days of searching and ordering from multiple suppliers to obtain all these parts. We've done that for you. Everything you need is included, other than basic tools.
Detailed Build Guide
We've put together a detailed build guide complete with step by step photos and instructions so you're never lost. Plus, our friends at TekThing recorded a beautiful 30 minute build-video!
Quick and Easy to Build
Even a kid can build it and many have! All you need it one afternoon and you'll have finished and be listening to two beautiful class A monoblock amplifiers!
The Amp Camp Amp Kit makes two monoblock amplifiers that sound great - here's why
Designed by an Audio Legend - Nelson Pass
Nelson's company Pass Labs makes some of the finest (and most expensive) amplifiers in the world. This amplifier has its roots in decades of award winning amplifier design experience.
Minimalist Amplifier Topology
Less is more. Nelson is famous for his "Zen" approach to design and this amp is no exception - it's a minimalist circuit that delivers purity through simplicity.
A Pure "Class A" Design
Most amplifier designs switch transistors on and off causing noise. Class A amplifiers are always operating in their sweet spot, which is why people say they sound "silky smooth".
What Exactly is an Amp Camp Amp Anyway?
The Amp Camp Amp was created by Nelson Pass for a special event called "Amp Camp" in which 20 people built their very first amplifier from start to finish in one afternoon. The event was held outdoors on a lovely sunny day in California and all attendees walked away with a fully functioning amplifier and a smile on their dials.
Naturally, other people wanted share that same amazing experience of successfully building their first amplifier so diyAudio has created the three essential ingredients you need for that same journey - the parts, the instructions, and the community.
Read more in the Amp Camp Amp article hosted on diyAudio.
How does it sound?
Once you build the Amp Camp Amp you'll never look at power and distortion figures the same way again.
Each channel is just 5 watts, but they're very good watts. In fact Nelson's DIY endeavors are called "First Watt" because in his own words "The first watt is the most important watt". The amp has enough power for medium to high efficiency speakers at normal listening levels. They sound even better bi-amped with an active crossover.
- "Insane amount of detail, deep bass and crystal highs" - Starbender
- "Great power, bass and massive detail" - Waam68
- "Highly detailed, yet smooth and sweet" - Mitchba
- "I am amazed at the sound quality" - Neoinc
Save Time and Money
You could spend days or weeks trying to find the right parts, then paying over and over for shipping from multiple suppliers. Or you could buy the Amp Camp Amp kit!
So Simple You'll (Actually) Finish ItWe've got you covered with easy to follow step-by-step visual build guide. There's also an amazing build-video from TekThing showing construction from start to finish!
Benefit From New SkillsDon't sit on the sidelines - get building today! You'll learn new skills you can apply to other projects, refine your ear and duly feel pride in your accomplishment.
Enjoy Quality SoundIf you want to hear the sound of one transistor clapping this is the ticket. Dead silent, pure and luxurious. Reviews speak for themselves: "Insane detail", "deep bass", "crystal highs", "great power", "fluid", "sharp", "smooth", "sweet".
Relax Knowing This Is a Great ChoiceThe Amp Camp Amp Kit sounds like a much more expensive amplifier, is quick and easy to build, simple to understand, includes all the parts, comes with instructions, and has a wealth of support if you need it. You can't go wrong with this tried and tested project.
Meet Other Audiophile MakersAs you breathe life into these amps, they'll literally breathe it back to you! Be a part of the super friendly Amp Camp Amp maker community on diyAudio and meet other makers that share your obsession with quality sound.
Watch the build-video from TekThing
What's In The Kit and What Tools Do I Need?
- Printed Circuit Boards with gold plated traces
- Transistors including Linear Systems's JFET's and IRC MOSFET's
- Vishay/Dale 1% Metal Film Resistors
- Elna Silmic ll and Cornell-Dubilier Capacitors
- Bourns Potentiometers
- Rocker Switches and LED's
- Keratherm® MOSFET insulators - Very efficient and no grease required
- M3 board mounting standoffs, w/ stainless steel bolts and washers
- Stainless steel mounting bolts and washers for MOSFETs
- Gold plated Speaker Terminals and RCA Jacks
- Power Connector Jacks
- Copper hookup wire in assorted colors
- 2 laptop style power supplies suitable for the project
- 2 beautiful custom made Amp Camp Amp enclosures from Hi-Fi 2000
- 2 beautiful custom made Amp Camp Amp enclosures from Hi-Fi 2000
- All the work done for you - just screw it together!
- Front panels drilled (power switch and LED), then re-anodized and silkscreened
- Rear panels drilled (power jack, RCA input, speaker output) and enameled
- Heatsinks pre-drilled and pre-tapped with M3 threads for easy mounting of circuit boards
Tools Required (Not Included!)
- Soldering Iron and Solder
- Digital Multi-Meter (DMM)
- Philips Screwdriver
- Metric Hex Wrenches
- Needle-Nosed Pliers
- Diagonal Cutters
- Wire Stripper
Save hundreds of dollars
To assemble this same kit yourself would cost over $400 including parts, hardware, sales tax and shipping. And you wouldn't get the tapped holes or front and rear panels drilled. And then there's your time in buying al the parts and working the chassis...
The Amp Camp Amp Kit:
- Is great value
- Has everything you need to build it
- Ships the next day
If you bought each part yourself:
- Bolt Depot (Bolts) - $7.71
- Digikey (Small electronic components) - $42.43
- diyAudio Store (Keratherm, Transistors, PCBs) - $71.89
- NewEgg (Power Supplies) - $42.37
- Parts Express (Mounting hardware, wire, etc) - $57.18
- eBay (Standoffs) - $5.34
- Chassis - Minimum $200 (and you wouldn't get the tapped holes or front and rear panels drilled)
- Total: $426.92, a day hunting for parts and a day drilling your chassis and tapping your heatsinks
* All prices were calculated live on 11 June 2016 using real products and a shipping address of San Francisco.
This amplifier will teach you that you can't hear an amp by its specs, but in case you were wondering...
- Frequency response 10 - 20 kHz +/- 0.1 dB
- Power per channel 5 Watts per channel (That's 92 decibels coming out of your speakers, assuming you're listening from 10 feet away with 91db efficiency speakers. More than 2 hours at this volume level exceeds occupational safety limits, is more than adequate to annoy your neighbors, and certainly enough to enjoy your music at normal listening levels)
- Distortion 0.7% at 1 Watt (primarily second order harmonic which being even-order is described as "sweet, tubey" and being low-order as "benign/inaudible")
- Input impedance 10 Kohm
- Max Gain 14dB
- Damping factor 3
- Output noise 100 uV
- Power supply input 110-240V
- Power supply output 19V 4.74A
- Heat dissipation 20 Watts per Channel
You're In Good Company
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The reviews speak for themselves
This is the Best "First" Amplifier Kit You Can Buy
A beautiful class A amplifier design from the master of the art with all the parts, instructions and help you need.
Amp Camp Amp Kit
This is a high quality build item. I am looking forward to ordering the other half of the kit, the components :)
Its a quick fun build. The transaction was very smooth. Communication of order is good. The AMP performs very well.
My only gripe ( minor gripe ), is that locating the correct instructions through the website was not as intuitive as I would have expected. Perhaps including a web address on the packing slip might improve the overall experience.
A true revelation! The whole experience, from buying, to building, to listening has been as satisfying as my first Dynaco Stereo 70 kit back in the 1970s. An easy build in a fine looking case with outstanding sound quality.
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